Looking for a ‘be quiet’ hand gesture?
Quiet coyote is a hand signal which is often used by teachers and parents as a non-verbal sign to instruct children to stop speaking and listen.
To use it, you simply make your hand into the shape of a coyote with a closed mouth and pricked-up ears.
Featured in the Disney movie Soul, the quiet coyote signal can be a very effective method of silencing a large group of children in a positive and empowering way.
However, the hand signal is very similar to some other gestures and salutes, some of which have negative connotations.
Read on to find out where the quiet coyote sign originated from, the meaning of quiet coyote, the psychology behind it, and why you may want to think twice about using it with your children.